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[NEWS] KARA to embark on their Asia tour next month

Date of the Article: [2012.01.10]

SOURCE: StarNews via Nate
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Five member girl group KARA will be going international in February with an overseas tour! Starting with a concert in Korea this February, the girls will be hitting major cities in Asia to meet with their many fans. They are still in the process of securing the dates for their concert, moving around the events they have in Korea and Japan.

KARA will be performing ‘KARASIA‘ at Olympic Hall in Seoul on February 18th & 19th, and this is the girls’ first independent concert since their debut in 2007 with ‘Blooming‘. The tour title is appropriate, as KARA is embarking on this tour to become one with their fans in Asia, hence, KARASIA.

A representative from their agency DSP Media informed StarNews on the 11th, “KARA had put on numerous performances in the past and fan meet-and-greets as well, but this is the first time they are putting on an independent concert since their debut. The girls have come a long way, now being one of Korea’s top girl groups and they plan on meeting with all of their fans that have supported them for the entirety of their journey.”

The fans themselves have been anxiously waiting for a concert. Their agency reserved one of Korea’s largest halls to ensure that a large number of fans would be able to see their favorite girl group. The tickets for the concert are being sold at a rapid rate.

KARA is without a doubt at the forefront of the Hallyu wave, going back and forth between Korea and Japan. They showcased their adorable charms and powerful performances with hit songs like “Mister“, “Jumping“, “Honey“, “Pretty Girl“, and more, while “Mister”, “Go Go Summer“, “Jetcoaster Love” and more were huge hits in Japan.

KARA has been highly acknowledged in Japan and has become one of the hottest girl groups today. They have earned the honor of performing at the NHK Red & White Music Festival last month, an opportunity reserved only for the most elite of Japanese celebrities.

[NEWS] KARA’s ‘Jet-coaster’ ride in 2011, a year in review

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The rehearsals for Japan’s most prestigious year-end event, NHK Red & White Music Festival (Kohaku), was recently held on the 29th, and the artists to open the rehearsals were none other than KARA and Girls’ Generation.

These two girl groups had quite a busy year, going back and forth from Korea and Japan, especially now as they have been attending the biggest year-end events in both countries.

The KARA girls performed their ’2011 Special Medley’, which was a combination of “Jet Coaster Love” and “Mister“. Because it was a rehearsal, the girls weren’t wearing their stage ensembles and there were no audience members but they still did their best.

After the rehearsal came to an end, the girls held a press conference immediately after.

The girls were asked what the past year was like.

Member Han Seungyeon reflected back on a busy 2011 and remarked, “The past year was really like a ‘Jet Coaster’.” It was only sentence, but it seemed to perfectly sum up their entire year.

The girls experienced both extreme highs and lows in 2011.

On January 14th, there was much commotion about KARA breaking up as they were having problems with their agency, DSP Media. The news sent shockwaves through both Korea and Japan.

Japanese fans especially took the news hard, as the girls were quickly building their popularity in Japan. The news was even picked as 2011′s #4 top story.

As soon as fans heard of KARA possibly breaking up, they pointed fingers at KARA’s agency who couldn’t properly take care of their disciples and also the girls who wanted to leave DSP Media. Members Goo Hara and Park Gyuri who actually wanted to stay with DSP Media were also criticized.

It was quite a difficult time for the girls, and they endured much heartache. While filming their Japanese drama ‘Urakara‘, the girls couldn’t stop the sudden flow of tears as they said, “We still want to sing as a 5-member group.” The footage was released as is, and it broke the hearts of both the Korean and Japanese fans.

In the end, the parents of three of the girls saw how broken up the girls were, and that they weren’t able to perform and function properly. In April, they finally resolved their differences with DSP Media. KARA was then able to stand on stages again in both Korea and Japan.

The news made history, and as heartbreaking as it was, it actually helped the girls make their name known to a larger audience. Every single they released thereafter was a big hit. KARA is without a doubt the most popular K-pop group in Japan, and therefore are able to participate in the Red & White Music Festival, a right only reserved for the most elite of Japanese celebrities.

They were once threatened with a split, but the girls are now one of the greatest idol groups today. They went through quite a lot to come this far, and therefore 2011 was a very meaningful year for the girls.

KARA performed at the SBS Gayo Daejun on the 29th, and will be heading back over to Japan to attend the TBS Japanese Award Ceremony. KARA unfortunately was unable to attend the KBS Music Festival in Korea.

The girls will also be attending the 62nd annunal NHK Red & White Music Festival in Japan on the 31st.

[NEWS] KARA to hold first concert ‘KARASIA’ in 2012

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DSP Media has announced that KARA will be holding their first ever concert called ‘KARASIA‘!

The girls and their fans have been dreaming of this event since their debut, and it seems like all their trials and triumphs have finally paid off.

On December 30th, representatives of DSP Media updated KARA’s official homepage with a new notice stating, “Hello, this is DSP Media. We would like to inform our Kamilias about the concert you have been waiting for for a very long time. In February, KARA will be holding their first concert, and we would like to open tickets to our fanclub members first.”

The concert will be held at the Olympic Gymnasium on February 18th and 19th. Fanclub members will be able to purchase tickets starting January 10th, while the rest go on sale on the 12th.

Stay tuned for more info!